Just hearing messages on FM radio and news channels of party's claiming everything from grass is green to sky is blue due to thier struggle makes me want to make a little effort to set the record straight and also present another side of the story....
1. An interesting piece of news which gives an insight on one of the possible beneficiaries of the billions stashed abroad
http://expressbuzz. com/edition/ story.aspx? Title=Who+ will+probe+ first+family’ s+billions?&artid=X2zQlPcQFAE=
Who will probe first family’s billions?
3. I personally love this one :
The Paucity of Names
Why is everything in India named after the Gandhis? The huge national park in Borivali in north Mumbai is called the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Did not know that Sanjay was a great nationally renowned nature lover. If I had not known better, I would have figured that he must have been the John Muir of India.
Pretty much half the things around India are named after the Nehru-Gandhi family. What astonishes me most is when educational institutions are named after the family which does not have a single graduate degree among the whole lot of them. Not that they could not afford to go to college. No, they all attended colleges and attempted to get degrees but failed to get one.
On second thoughts, given the moribund state of the Indian educational system, perhaps naming educational institutions after the luminaries of the Nehru-Gandhi family has a certain aptness to it.I pondered the naming of things once more in Feb 2008 and concluded that it was political advertising:
Naming things is easy in India. “Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal, Indira, Rajiv, and Sanjay” are the choices for the first bit, as in “Jawaharlal Nehru University,” or “Indira Gandhi International.” It won’t be too long before we have “Sonia, Priyanka, Rahul, Spotty” added to the list. (Spotty is just a place holder as I am not sure what the name of the Gandhi family dog actually is.)It seems that one Mr Surya Prakash has also noticed this rather obscure trend and has petitioned the Election Commission and “requested him to immediately issue directions to the Union government and to all the governments in the states and direct them to remove the names of individuals, who are seen by the people as icons of specific political parties, from all government programmes and schemes funded by the exchequer and to immediately give these programmes politically neutral names.”
I know that other nations also identify their important landmarks with the names of their historical political leaders. The US honors Lincoln, Washington, Kennedy, and so on. However, there is a great deal of diversity in their naming of things that they value. They name their scientific projects after scientists, for instance. Remember Hubble, Fermi, etc. Indeed, the Americans even named one of their space telescopes after an Indian: Chandra. I somehow doubt that would happen in India.
But no where other than in India have I noticed only one family monopolizing the naming of things. It is as if India never had any heroes until the birth of Jawaharlal Nehru and after that all the seats were taken by his progeny for eternity. I think there is a simple reason. The naming of things is a way of political advertising. An “Indira Gandhi Seva Yojna” publicly funded though it may be will ultimately drive home the message that the Gandhi family is the giver of gifts and ensure that the thumb impression of the voter lands on the Congress candidate come election time.
It is a sort of a vicious circle. First, name every institution and program with the Nehru-Gandhi name. Brand name recognition ensures that as long as the Congress has someone leading it with that brand name, it will get the millions of thumb impressions. Then if you can promote the name even more by labeling even more things with the name, you get to share some of the goodies political power provides.
Also read: http://www.expressbuzz.com/
4. IF you have reached till this point and are of the view - perhaps its time to look at an option to the above mentioned greatness , then the time is drawing near to make a decision .... this Lok Sabha election.
Remember, If nothing else changes, atleast your kids and mine may not have to face the indignity of going to a Engineering college by name of Buzo Takniki Vikas Sansthan ( - Buzo may just be the first family's pet puppy in future... or maybe a cat by name of Champakalli ??? - see point 3)